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Foscam 8918W? Awesome.,
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Okay. I have to say that I've researched a lot of cams before hitting on the Foscam 8918W and I bought one to play with... mainly to keep an eye on our cats. And you know what? It works fantastic! There is a little bit of a color issue if you really want to get picky about the meh CMOS sensor, but overall, there's not many pan-tilt/remote cams that you can get with color and night vision for about $90USD. And because we were so happy with the first one, we decided to get a two-pack that had some 9db antennas with them. I'm not sure if I'll need the 9db boost, but since they use reverse SMA connectors (I believe that's what it is, but I didn't look closely at them yet), you could use those on a wireless device.
All in all, very happy with these Foscam cams. The only thing that I would probably say takes some time is the configuration. It's not the worst thing in the world if you've configured network devices, but if you've never done it, there's a little bit of a learning curve and the interface is pretty awful. Also, you won't get sound unless you use IE. I've seen some people write some code in Android that supposedly mitigates this, but I haven't really touched it so I can't vouch for it. The IE code is definitely one of the browser limitations though. As far as I know, Foscam hasn't released any APIs that allow you to tinker with the sound itself. Everything else can be done as far as moving the camera around and turning the IR on and off and so on. Very nice from my iPad and phone.
And now we can be sure that our kitties are doing well when we're out of town. Yah!